NATIONAL ODOMETER DAY – May 12

National Odometer Day May 12

NATIONAL ODOMETER DAY

National Odometer Day is observed each year on May 12 by learning a little bit about the odometer.

An odometer is an instrument that indicates the distance traveled by a vehicle.  It may be electronic, mechanical or a combination of both.

Odometer comes from the Greek words hodos meaning path or gateway and metron, meaning measure.

In some countries, an odometer is called a mileometer, milometer or tripometer.

Odometers were first developed in the 1600s for wagons and other horse-drawn vehicles to measure distances traveled.

Developed by Arthur P. and Charles H. Warner of Beloit, Wisconsin, the first odometer for automobiles appeared in 1903 and was patented as the Auto-Meter.

Do you know how many miles are on the odometer in your car?

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #NationalOdometerDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the origin of National Odometer Day.

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